Announcement One-of-a-kind hand dyed silk scarves by designer and artist Suzanne Bates, are created on natural silk using Japanese Shibori and other traditional dyeing methods.
One-of-a-kind hand dyed silk scarves by designer and artist Suzanne Bates, are created on natural silk using Japanese Shibori and other traditional dyeing methods.
Anne Tobin on Mar 15, 2017
Love, love, love it! Elegant and magical, excellent quality, beautiful work!
hanamichi on Dec 14, 2016
Susannah makes the most beautiful scarves. Bought this for my daughter in law, but i have to keep it. Wonderful black box and wrapping. Truly a work of art.
Kate on Dec 11, 2016
As always, just beautiful. It's not a shape that I normally choose, but with the pleating, it drapes very well, and is already a go-to scarf in my wardrobe. :) Many, many thanks!
I am by education and profession, a graphic designer. In the world of fast deadlines, being tied to a computer is pretty standard. Creating hand dyed textiles is my meditation in an overly digital world and a way to get my hands dirty.
I have explored a lot of dyeing methods starting with wax batik, block and screen printing, and hand painting, and through it all discovering Japanese Shibori. Shibori is an ancient and incredibly rich shape-resist dyeing method. While the Japanese forms (topping over 300 techniques) seem to be the most extensive, there are many other cultures which use similar methods for duplicating pattern onto cloth. I love the graphic and organic nature of this process, and try to incorporate a modern style into my use of these processes. The two methods I especially enjoy incorporate the use of wooden blocks which are shaped and then clamped onto the fabric to create the specific patterning, and pole-wrapping using string wrapped onto cloth which is placed around a cylinder.
I am entirely self-taught – learning largely from my own mistakes and interpretation. It provides an an endless amount of surprise and discovery. This summer I will take my first shibori class at Penland Craft School, in North Carolina. I am so excited to expand my knowledge base, and learn hands on from a master artist in this field. More on that to come...
My work is on various weights of silk and linen, and hand dyeing is used on my scarves, purses, kimonos, and most recently, pillows. I also do all of my own stitching and sewing on my vintage 201 Singer sewing machine. I sell my pieces at a few shows and craft galleries, and of course, on Etsy. I work from my in-home coastal studio outside Charleston, South Carolina. It is a very lovely place to create.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer
Hi, I'm Suzanne, the fabric artist and designer behind Oh Suzanni. I am in a constant state of exploration - trying new techniques, experimenting with color, and searching for inventive ways to hand dye pattern onto fabric. I hope you enjoy my work.
My scarf patterns are created using the Japanese Shibori shaped-resist process, batik, and block printing. This involves wrapped, folded, and tied, and in some cases, the creation of wood shapes which are clamped onto the fabric before it is immersed into the dye bath. The resulting soft diffused edges give the patterns a very natural organic repetition, something that can’t be duplicated with hard-edge screen printing or computer generated art. Please expect and celebrate the nuances these dyeing processes create.
Please contact me with any questions you may have. I would love to hear from you.
I welcome the opportunity for custom orders. Please convo me to discuss.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Refunds and Exchanges
Please convo me within 3-5 days of receipt before returning the item for exchange. Item must be unused and shipped back to me with original protective interior packaging. I am a one-woman show creating one-of-a-kind work, returns are for exchange or store credit.
All custom orders are final sale.